Tuesday January 21 2020
Conte can't complain now

Antonio Conte can no longer complain at a lack of options, argues Emmet Gates, as Inter are giving the moaning coach everything he asks for.

“We are talking about players who, apart from Diego Godin, have never won anything. Who do we turn to? Nicolò Barella, who has come from Cagliari? Or Stefano Sensi, who came from Sassuolo?”

These are perhaps Antonio Conte’s most infamous words of the season. Bellowed in the aftermath of Inter’s 3-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in November, it was Conte at his crabbiest: bemoaning a lack of alternatives in his squad.

We have been down this road before with him. Conte’s now notoriously ill-judged line about ‘not being able to eat in a €100 restaurant with €10’ whilst in charge of Juventus will live long in the memory of Bianconeri fans, who use the comment as a stick to bait him with regarding his poor Champions League record. If there was a championship for moaning, Conte would be among the favourites: the man simply likes to complain.

Yet as the news filters through this week that Inter have signed Ashley Young from Manchester United, Victor Moses is having his medical today, Olivier Giroud is waiting and Tottenham’s Christian Eriksen raring to go, Conte can no longer grumble about signing players from Sassuolo and Cagliari.

This is a clear statement of intent from the Nerazzurri. They’re pushing the boat out now in order to wrestle the Scudetto from Juve, if that hadn’t been clear beforehand.

Conte is in many ways what vintage Jose Mourinho was; all for the here and the now. Forget fanciful plans of developing players over a prolonged period of time, and perhaps winning something two or three years down the road. Now is what matters.

This is epitomised in the signings of Young and Giroud. The former will be 35 in July, whilst the latter turned 33 last September. Both players don’t exactly scream youth movement.

Both players in theory should help the Nerazzurri out in the short-term. Giroud will alleviate the pressure from Romelu Lukaku’s shoulders. The Belgian has barely missed a game this season, only Samir Handanovic, Milan Skriniar and Marcelo Brozovic have clocked up more minutes than Lukaku. Inter have a realistic shot at winning the Europa League (should they take it seriously), so Giroud will provide a physical threat that Lautaro Martinez, Alexis Sanchez and youngster Sebastiano Esposito simply don’t have.

Young meanwhile is thought to have been demanded by Conte due to the full-back’s versatility. With Conte wedded to a 3-5-2 system, Young’s endless amounts of energy, not to mention his ability to play on either flank, will provide an extra source of creativity to a side that can at times look void of any. The England international remarkably sits 13th in the all-time Premier League assists table.

Perhaps sensing that his old side are a little vulnerable, not as invincible as in previous years, like a boxer in the latter rounds of a fight, Conte is now going in for the jugular.

Can the signings of Giroud and Young take Inter across the finish line and end their decade-long wait for major silverware? If they don’t, he certainly can’t say it’s due to signings from Cagliari and Sassuolo.

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Have your say...
on the 28th January, 2020 at 6:44am
Agree fully with ITA comment here.
Only Eriksen may be considered as a signing that is likely to improve the team if he puts in full effort now. Young, Moses, Giroud are from the has-beens bargain market and clubs like Inter should not be going for the EPL has-beens that cannot even get into the far from best teams there.
on the 23rd January, 2020 at 2:10pm
Conte will find something else to moan about. Not sure I'm convinced that he "demanded" Ashley Young.. Who would demand a 35 year old who couldn't cut it as a winger or a full back for a (currently) below average PL side? I would be interested to see a citation or quote.
on the 23rd January, 2020 at 12:35pm
@ Marco Brance - Run Forrest Run.....
on the 23rd January, 2020 at 6:56am
@Anonymous: I am glad to make it out of the group, some teams go from Treble to not making out of the group stage in 8 years while some teams go from Serie B to CL final in 8 years ! @ Anonymous: What is wring the truth hurts ? if it's wrong care to correct me OR you can change the subject right ?!
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 4:44pm
Conte understands the money factor in football. Coaching in England he has realized the game is now is an international casino of players who are cashing in on opportunities throughout Europe.
He wants Inter to be like Juve and Chelsea, Liverpool and Bayern,Real Madrid,Barcelona etc.They get the players and they win, perhaps it is unfair but it is the WAY in the modern era
If Suning doesn't mind he will keep spending. Its tough for the smaller teams but we can always hope aka Leicester City2015
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 2:46pm
Conte - Forever a great coach and motivator, forever a bad tactition. Inter are doing positive things, but Conte's flaw has always been his tactics in big games and changing the tide when its going wrong. This has been apparent at Juve, Italy, Chelsea and early familiar signs are showing at Inter too. He shouldn't moan too much, big things can be done with well organised teams that have a good game plan. He needs to work on tactics or he'll become obsolete & too easy to figure out like Mourinho
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 2:24pm
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 9:44am
@ Marco Branca - Are you looking forward to drawing Liverpool in in the CL? Mind those toddlers in Liverpool kits - they re dangerous.
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 7:18am
Also considering the signing even as a fan I was against most of Conte’s requests including Lukaku but proved to be a key player especially with his paternship with Martinez. Although I don’t agree with some of his signings but it shows a lot of character that a coach can get what he wants to play how he wants. Some signings won’t work out but one thing is for sure, they’ll definitely raise depth.He should NEVER stop complaining because he delivers results unlike many couches out there.
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 6:59am
OMG so many hater and what this talk about Juve already winning the title maybe people are confusing this with the EPL where Liverpool have already won. It’s as if Juve won’t drop points from the remaining matches. As an inter fan I expected that sooner or later that the over used team will drop points but considering how Inter performed with a limited first team against how Juve performed with at least 2 first team then the title race is not over at all as I think it’s just beginning.
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 6:39am
In this season we're not loosing games we're leaking goals after taking leads in so many games. In these moments experience counts. So Godin have to have the hold of things rather than a paying guest having a visit that currently having under conte. His uses of players certainly not like general but a commander. And he don't play his commanders regularly.........
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 5:42am
Young and Moses are not going to start games. They are back up. Giroud does the same as Lukaku and holds up play well - he will give Lukaku a rest. All are being signed on short term deals. Young is here for 6 months, if he doesnt really play, he wont extend and be gone when we buy a serious replacement. Lazaro has been OK but we can get all our money back now. They obviously dont think he will get better, so good to sell and replace in summer
on the 22nd January, 2020 at 2:01am
In addition to my earlier comment, he CAN complain because at the present moment, we haven't signed anyone. Let's see once new faces have arrived.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 11:32pm
They are buying a lot of rubbish mid-table epl teams wouldn't touch

I know January isn't the easiest time to sign top players, but only Eriksen would be classed as a good signing

Are Young and Moses really better than Lazaro? Is that likely?

Conte seems to prefer workhorses who'll run all day over more talented players

Giroud can't get a game at an average Chelsea team, but he's ok for a sub, I suppose

Serie A needs to stop taking in left-overs from the epl - it's embarrassing.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 11:22pm
@I MISS MARCO BRANCA AT INTER... LOVE the fact that you hate Inter in that extent that you jump in every single Inter article to express yourself... granted, it seems it burns a lot, get a life or it will do more! BTW, I MISS MOGGI AT JUVE so he can take you guys to another serie B trip!
on the 21st January, 2020 at 10:16pm
Let me tell you all what will not change under Conte: 1- no serie a goals from inter subs (yes it's a fact) 2 - blowing a 2-0 lead against Dortmund and losing 3-2, blowing 1-0 lead to Barca and losing 2-1, blowing 1-0 lead to Atalanta and Lecce and tying 1-1 and #3-no silverware the last last 9 seasons. But he did learn something, if he gets paid too much and goes on a "Cassanata" the team can't afford to fire him so they are stuck with him no matter what he says!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on the 21st January, 2020 at 8:49pm
The funny thing is that, Inter fans have no complains about Conte's complains since he raised the bar and doing us favor to sign better/world class players rather than some mediocre bunch of dead-woods.... So the author, Juve, Milan or whatever club fans, bitters ones only though, can go and do something to yourself! I suggest the AUTHOR reads @SERIE A FAN comments in below, very thoughtful and considerate one... and OH! more depth brings more competition if you don't know! Have fun.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 6:58pm
Agree w/ Serie A Fan. Conte is abrasive - the way he is. Yet is doing a great job. Squad depth is a serious issue. Brozovic has no sub & has played far too much esp. considering he controls every game for Inter (his injury was predictable). Lukaku has no understudy. D'Ambrosio and Asamoa (not world class) injured = a total step down in quality. Same with the midfield: Valero, Gagli, Vecino. 1 is ok, all 3? No. Inter are thin. Conte complains too much. He's annoying but his opinion is not wrong.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 4:36pm
Conte will never coach an oil-rich club like Man City, because he can't complain then, and who is he if he's not complaining?!

It is a fact that Conte moans and whines more than my bed-ridden grandma.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 3:12pm
@Ben, I am trying lately to find out what exactly this strength in depth INTER is lacking. Is this sort of minnow mentality that won't leit you staight your backbone??
on the 21st January, 2020 at 3:11pm
@Ben, I am trying lately to find out what exactly this strength in depth INTER is lacking. Is this sort of minnow mentality that won't leit you staight your backbone??
on the 21st January, 2020 at 3:10pm
Are you high? If inter are really going for scudetto and want to get past the group stages in CL they need to buy world class players, not past their prime medicore oldies. Moses, young and giroud are old squad players at best. Only world class player is Eriksen .
on the 21st January, 2020 at 2:59pm
Conte loves to moan. But then he gets the results. He gives everything to the cause and expects the club to do the same. If a club does not want him to complain they should listen to him and open the wallet.

Its refreshing that Inter are not always complaining about being 'hard done' by a greater power.
Forza Conte, Always
on the 21st January, 2020 at 2:15pm
Pffffffff! Of course he can still complain. In Conte's world, there's a new complaint around every corner.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 12:18pm
I think there should have been a title about what sandro tonallis next destination should be instead. Because we just ticked our fourth and fifth list which increase nothing further then stopping conte's alltime gawking jaw! And tonalli should stay put for further four years in brescia to prove himself as a truee heir of MAESTRO PIRLO.... WE ARE HOPING...
on the 21st January, 2020 at 11:28am
It's nice that Conte is asking for *clears throat* world-class, "proven" champions like Young, Moses, and Giroud, but Conte will never cease to bemoan the end result. It's what he has become...

As a manager, he never takes responsibility for the fact that his team haven't performed, for his horrible tactics, or the fact that he thinks with an antediluvian mindset (3-5-2) in an age where attacking football simply rules the roost.

So, no matter what, until end of season, expect more whining...
on the 21st January, 2020 at 11:13am
I wish Inter owners buy AC.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 11:01am
The Toupet Tactician always finds a way to complain.
on the 21st January, 2020 at 10:30am
All 3 signings are a joke! Inter will get done for financial play again although with Marotta's Juve experience I'm sure they can be creative with their finances!
on the 21st January, 2020 at 10:08am

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